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Success! Khine from Burma raised $769 to fund cataract surgery so she can see again and return to work.

Khine
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$769
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Fully funded
Khine's treatment was fully funded on January 2, 2022.

Photo of Khine post-operation

April 1, 2022

Khine underwent cataract surgery so she can see again and return to work.

After surgery, Khine can now see clearly with both of her eyes. However, her eye will still be sensitive to the sunlight as she heals, so she usually is wearing sunglasses when she goes out. Now, she is able to help with cooking, cleaning the house, and washing clothes at home. She plans to continue her job as a street vendor in the near future.

Khine said, “I would like to get some money for an investment to do a small business. I have to take care of my mother and my daughter. My daughter wants to be a nurse. I would like to support her to go to the nurse training. I will try my best to work as a street vendor and to support my daughter. Thank you to all the donors for helping me.”

After surgery, Khine can now see clearly with both of her eyes. However, her eye will still be sensitive to the sunlight as she heals, so sh...

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December 13, 2021

Khine lives with her parents, daughter, and brother in a town near Yangon, Burma. Her daughter is a homemaker and looks after her parents, while her brother works in a sewing factory. Khine used to work as a street vendor but stopped in August when she was no longer able to see well enough to work.

Around 2018, Khine’s left eye became itchy and painful. Unable to afford treatment at a clinic or hospital, she used traditional medicine after her friend recommended a traditional medicine clinic for eye ailments. In October 2021, the pain and itchiness in her left eye increased and the vision in he right eye was blurry. She went to a hospital in Yangon, where the doctor diagnosed her with cataracts in both her eyes. Although she was referred to another hospital where eye surgery is affordable, the waiting list was very long and she was told it could take up to a year for her to be scheduled for surgery. With the help of our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), she underwent cataract surgery on her left eye in October. She is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on her right eye at BCMF’s care center KBC Hospital on December 14th and needs support to fund her treatment.

Currently, the vision in Khine’s right eye is so blurry that she can only see shapes. Since her first surgery, the vision in her left eye is very clear and she is feeling a renewed sense of hope for her future. Khine shared, “I would like to work as a vendor again when I can see well after surgery.”

Khine lives with her parents, daughter, and brother in a town near Yangon, Burma. Her daughter is a homemaker and looks after her parents, w...

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Khine's Timeline

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Khine was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khine received treatment at KBC Hospital in Burma. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khine's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Lens replacement (one eye)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $769 for Khine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$175
Medical Staff
$196
Medication
$62
Supplies
$294
Labs
$21
Other
$21
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the main cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these large facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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